1. How bible prophecy connects:
Revelation 17 (Read the chapter for better understanding )
1. The rise of the ten horns to power in Revelation 17:12 connect to Revelation 13.
• Revelation 17:12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast.
The beast out of the sea in Revelation 13 is shown to have ten crowns upon the ten horns indicating they have received power to rule as written:
• Revelation 13 ... And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns,..
Therefore, the beast out of the sea is the kingdom and king who will rise along with ten horns (ten leaders) to power and together they will destroy the city of Babylon as indicated in Revelation 17:16.
2. The destruction of the city of Babylon in Revelation 17:16 connect to different verses that identify the beast who will destroy the City of Babylon by different Names.
In Rev.17, The city of Babylon is symbolized by the prostitute woman;
• Revelation 17:3…I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast…5 The name written on her forehead was a mystery:BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 18 The woman.. is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”
16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.
The destruction of the city of Babylon by the beast out of the sea (Rev. 13) who rises along with ten horns in Rev.17:15 connect and identify the beast as;
i) The Assyrian in Isaiah 23:13..
• Isaiah 23: 13 Look at the land of the Babylonians, this people that is now of no account!
The Assyrians have made it a place for desert creatures;
they raised up their siege towers, they stripped its fortresses bare
and turned it into a ruin.
The name Assyria is used in Isaiah and other prophets to refer to indicate the spirit the beast out of the sea will represent in character and behavior.
ii) The destruction of Babylon in Rev. 17:16 connect to and identify the beast who will destroy Babylon as “the destroyer with troops compared to swarm of locust” in Jeremiah 51
• Jeremiah 51 This is what the LORD says:
“See, I will stir up the spirit of a destroyer against Babylon and the people of Leb Kamai.
14 The LORD Almighty has sworn by himself: I will surely fill you with troops, as with a swarm of locusts, and they will shout in triumph over you.56 A destroyer will come against Babylon; her warriors will be captured, and their bows will be broken.
iii) The destroyer with troops like swarms of locust connect to the fifth Trumpet in Revelation 9;.
• Revelation 9 The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss… 3 And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth…
7 The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. .. 11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).
The Lord through Jeremiah indicates Babylon will be destroyed by the destroyer with troops like swarms of locust to point to the time when the beast out of the sea will rise; in the fifth Trumpet,
Important when reading Trumpet five Rev 9: there are two more names used to identify the beast out of the sea in that trumpet…, the fallen star in Rev.9:1 which point to the third Trumpet in Rev.8 and in Rev 9:11, “the angel of the abyss” who is given key to the shaft of the Abyss to let free the beast who once was, now not, yet will rise from the Abyss to go to his destruction
iv) The destruction of Babylon by the beast out of the sea who rises to power along with the ten horns also connect to and identify the beast as the northern kingdom that will be made of an alliance of nations from the North in Jeremiah 50:
• Jeremiah 50: 41 “Look! An army is coming from the north; a great nation and many kings are being stirred up from the ends of the earth. 9 For I will stir up and bring against Babylon an alliance of great nations from the land of the north.
They will take up their positions against her,
and from the north she will be captured.
The northern king or alliance of nations is used in reference to the beast out of the sea in Jeremiah and Daniel to indicate the kingdom will be made of an alliance of nations from the north with the (anti-Christ), the destroyer, as their king.
3. The two beasts of Revelation 17
i) Revelation 17 indicates 2 beasts: The 7th head who has not yet come but when he does will remain for a little while, (the 6th head was in power when the prophecies were given, but the 7th head has not yet risen) as it is written;
• Revelation 17:9 “This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads … 10 … are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while.
ii) The beast who once was, now not, yet will rise as an 8th king from the abyss and go to his destruction.
• Revelation 17:11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. 8 … The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.
A beast symbolizes both a kingdom and a king. These two kingdoms of the end times and their kings will come in the spirit of Assyria and Babylon as identified in Jeremiah 50:17
• Jeremiah 50: 17 “Israel is a scattered flock that lions have chased away.
The first to devour them was the king of Assyria;
the last to crush their bones was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.”
Jeremiah 50:17 also confirms, the 7th head will represent Assyria as who will rises first, and the last king who rises as the 8th head will be the kingdom and king of Babylon.
In Jeremiah 50:17, the name Nebuchadnezzar is used to symbolize the king who will force all men to worship an image or idol like king Nebuchadnezzar did in Daniel 3, as it is written;
• Revelation 13:11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth…12 It …made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed… 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.